Former Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has described outgoing Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura as a tool of repression.
Addressing journalists in Kampala on Tuesday, the four time presidential candidate said Gen Kayihura was being used by President Museveni to suppress dissenting opinions.
“I knew Kayihura before he became a soldier and a tool of repression. As a person, Kayihura is fine. He’s not someone who set out to be a bad person.
He’s like the late Nobel Mayombo. Kayihura is a very intelligent man. His actions are not without intelligence,” says Dr Besigye.
“I don’t think it’s the failures of police that Kayihura was fired. In any case, he was just re-appointed less than a year ago.
If Kayihura as failed then Mr Museveni should consider himself a failure as the head of state because he receives daily briefs about the security. I think it’s the question of loyalty; not to the country but to him (Museveni).”
On March 4, President Museveni elevated Okoth Ochola, the deputy police chief, to Inspector General of Police and named Gen.
Elly Tumwine the Security Minister to replace Gen kale Kayihura and Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde respectively.